The Harold Larnder Prize is awarded annually to an individual who has achieved international distinction in operational research. The prize winner delivers the Harold Larnder Memorial Lecture, on a topic of general interest to operational researchers, at the National Conference of the Canadian Operational Research Society.
Harold Larnder was a well-known Canadian in wartime OR. He played a major part in the development of an effective, radar-based, air defence system during the Battle of Britain. He returned to Canada in 1951 to join the Canadian Defence Research Board and was President of CORS in 1966-67.
James B. Orlin is the Edward Pennell Brooks Professor of Operations Research at the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is best known for his research on obtaining faster algorithms for problems in network and combinatorial optimization and for his text with Ravi Ahuja and Tom Magnanti entitled Network Flows: Theory, Algorithms, and Applications. The authors won the 1993 Lanchester Prize (given by INFORMS for the best publication in O.R. for the year) for this book. He has also won recognition for several co-authored publications that address (in one form or another) optimization under uncertainty. In particular, he has won the following awards: the 2004 EXPLOR Award (for leadership in online marketing research), the 2007 INFORMS Computing Society Prize (for research in the interface of O.R. and computer science), the 2008 IEEE Leonard G. Abraham Prize (for research in communication theory), the 2008 INFORMS Koopman Prize (for research in military operations research), and the 2011 IEEE Bennett Prize (for research in communication theory).